Feb 23 2017

Creative + Thoughtful Gifts We Love

We love working with small businesses, handmade companies and start up concepts. It’s so exciting for us to see the unique products these folks have created. We rounded up a few unique ideas that we love and we thought you would too.

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1. I See Me Personalized Children’s Books

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2. Birds View Art Custom Ariel View Photos on Canvas // TGI “GIFTINSIDER10” for 10% off

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3. Photo to Text Custom Artwork

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4. Actual Film Votives

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5. Along Came a Box TGI Deal // use GIFTINSIDER10 for $10 off

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6. Bees Gift Ideas TGI Deal // Use Code GIFTINSIDER10 for 10% off

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7. Custom Kooziez.com TGI Deal // Use GIFTINSIDER10 for 10% off

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8. Undone Watches (totally customizable!)

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9. Artwood Suncatchers

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Jan 30 2017

TGI Parties: Hosting a Mama-to-be-Tea

I decided to host a little get together for some pregnant girls in our area and thought a “mama-to-be tea” party would be the perfect way to do it. I had all the girls come over on a Sunday afternoon to relax and chat about all things baby and all things pregnancy. Think we may make it a monthly tradition!

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I stocked up on 4 different types of Tazo teas, both caffeine-free and regular, a Pregnancy Tea I found on Amazon and some lemon, stevia and sugar cubes. I had my favorite bottles of mini Pelligrinos on hand and finally found an excuse to use the pretty bud vases I got as a wedding shower gift.

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I used formal china for the tea cups but kept everything else pretty casual. The Anthropologie pitcher is no longer available, but I use every time I entertain and it’s one of my absolute favorite wedding gifts.

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Our living room in our new home is finally complete so I loved being able to comfortably relax and fit 8 girls casually in this space. I scored these blooms from Trader Joes.

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Now for the food!

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I made caprese skewers and fruit skewers so everything was easy to eat as finger food. I made life easy on my preggo self and bought macaroons and desert bites from the frozen section of Trader Joes.

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The sandwiches were the only time consuming part but definitely a key component of any tea party. I made three different pregnant-friendly (no deli meat) sandwiches: 1. cucumber + cream cheese 2. chicken salad + apple 3. cucumber + cream cheese + dill

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Jessie, Julie and Alex grabbing some treats.

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All of the moms-to-be!

We’d love to hear any fun things you did with your pregnant friends! Tell us in the comments below.

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Dec 16 2016

Gift Guide: Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas

The holidays are almost here and we have some unique and last-minute gift ideas for every type of person on your list.

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1. Hourly Gifts Holiday Box

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A Christmas where you get presents all day long! Along Came a Box created a special Pretty in Pink Holiday Box. You get a gift every hour, all day long. Includes 8 pretty pink gifts, all including artist cards, all handmade by small businesses. Gifts are to be opened starting at 9am & 7 more hours after. All gifts in sweet drawstring bags. From a ring dish to a candle. Sweet, pink & an idea that will melt her, all day long. $120

TGI Deal // Use code GIFTINSIDER to take $20 off any full day box

2. AllPosters.com Canvas Photo Gifts

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If you don’t know about AllPosters.com yet, then you just found the place, for posters & art prints & now they can take your photos & turn them into personalized canvases. Use their MyPhotos feature, a super user-friendly tool on their site which allows you to turn your favorite photos into personalized wall decor. From $39.99, depending on size & framing.

3. Ghostdrone 2.0

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Drones are HUGE this year. No experience needed to fly the GHOSTDRONE 2.0. All you need is your smart phone & the Ehang app and you can capture amazing photos & video footage. Ready to fly right out of the box with 3 easy flight modes. Only drone that lets you see what the Drone sees with its cool FPV goggles. Black or White. On sale for $699, originally $899.

4. Tickle Me Plant

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It’s fun & it’s real, perfect for the kiddies. The Zombie Plant “Plays Dead” when you Touch it. Minutes later it comes back to life. The plant grows inside the Zombie Plant Grow Kit. Kit includes 6 soil pellets & a full packet of Zombie Plant Seeds & 10 fun ideas to do with your Zombie Plant. Great Holiday or Nature Gift for anyone that likes Plants & or Zombies. $15.95

5. ShopRunner Make Up Kits

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Shoprunner is perfect for all your last-minute gifts, members enjoy free 2-day shipping, free return shipping and member-only deals from over 140 of their favorite stores. They have a great selection of stores and brands, which makes this the perfect way to shop for last minute holiday gifts. A few examples of the items available on Shoprunner are these make up kits, Dior Holiday All-In-One Couture Palette Face-Eyes-Lips Limited Edition ($89) and NARS Thousand Worlds Lip & Nail Set ($49). But the options are endless!

6. Reverie Cool Down Pillow

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Reverie is a Detroit-based company that offers scientifically developed products designed to provide optimum sleep. Their Cool Down Pillow is the perfect gift for any sleeper, or especially great for couples who have different sleep temperature preferences. It’s made with high-quality down and feather pillows wrapped in memory foam that perfectly cradles your head. And what we really love is it has Rev-Cool TM fabric on one side that’s cool to the touch, and one side featuring ambient temperatures for those who get cold easily.

7. Gigi New York Leather Purses and Accessories

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We love the style, the leathers and most importantly that you can personalize all of Gigi New York’s pieces. The perfect splurge gift for the lady you love most. Their bucket bag or saddle bags are trending this year, and their leather accessories are the perfect stocking stuff. $350 or Jen Bucket Bag, $345 for saddle bag , $34 for bucket bag charm

8. Apollo Box 

 

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Apollo Box is the platform to discover, collect and purchase amazing products from the world. Every product on Apollo Box is hand-picked by editors. We’re loving this Goat Horn Coffee Cup. It’s Leak proof, ergonomic design lets you get the last sip of coffee and comes with two straps so you can attach it to a bag or wear it over your shoulder. Flip the sleeve over and it converts into a cup holder. A great gift for coffee and goat lovers

TGI Deal // Use code GIFTINSIDER15 to save 15% off  (Valid until 12/31/16)

We’d love to hear what you are giving and getting the season. Tell us in the comments below! 

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Dec 5 2016

Gift Guide: Gifts for Everyone on Your List

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1. Love With Food Monthly Boxes ($10/month)  2. Avalon Virtual Reality Headset ($59, GIFTINSIDER20 for 20% off) 3. Tile Bluetooth Tracker ($130 for pack of 8) 4. Ghostrdrone 2.0 (on sale for $699) 5. GiftCrates (start at $50, GIFTINSIDER30 for 30% off) 6. SewPlainJane Superhero Capes ($15, GIFT10 for 10% off) 7. Boxed.com Wine Collection (Start at $50) 8. Pom Keychain ($49) 
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Nov 30 2016

Our Exciting News!

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We’re excited to share the wonderful news with our friends and followers! Jon and I are having a little baby boy, he’s expected to arrive June 2017.

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Nov 28 2016

Welcome our New Gift Insider Intern, Natalie!

Natalie Hoag is a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin Madison, and originally from Los Angeles. She is a true Californian at heart, but is finding her way in the midwest one semester at a time. She is majoring in marketing and hopes to someday work for a public relations firm! She is excited to work with The Gift Insider and take on the world of social media.

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Nov 12 2016

2016 Gift Guide: Gift Ideas to Plan Ahead For (Deals + Discounts!)

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It’s time to plan ahead and start getting your gift list in order. Below are some deals and ideas to get you going on the right foot this holiday. Tune in to ABC Detroit on 11/13 and Fox Chicago on 11/17 to see some of our picks live.

1. Blue Sky Personalized Notebooks (30% off!)

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The best part about planning ahead for the Holidays is you can get so many things personalized. Creating something just for them makes it even more special and thoughtful. The popular line of Blue Sky personalized planners and notebooks just launched the ability to completely customize their notebooks with initials, names and really cute pattern options. Perfect to give teachers, friends, coworkers, etc. Create a design unique to them!

Use Code GIFTINSIDER30 for 30% off

2. AVALON Virtual Reality Headset (20% off!) 

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AVALON is a brand new affordable virtual reality headset. VR or Virtual Reality is super popular but, most current VR options aren’t accessible to the masses and require an expensive computer or specific game console. What’s great about AVALON is that it’s universal for all smartphones & has loads of user friendly comfort. Perfect for your favorite gamer! $59

Use code GIFTINSIDER20 for 20% off

3.Ghoftdrone 2.0 (10% off)

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No experience needed to fly the coolest Drone on the market, GHOSTDRONE 2.0. All you need is your smart phone & the Ehang app and you can capture amazing photos & video footage. Ready to fly right out of the box with 3 easy flight modes. Only drone that lets you see what the Drone sees with its cool FPV goggles. Black or White. $899. $200 off 11/20 – 12/31

Use Code GIFTINSIDER10 for 10% off

4. Tile Tracker (20% off!) 

 

 

 

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Tile is the perfect gift for the person who tends to forget all their latest gadgets and gizmos. (guilty!) Tile is a tiny Bluetooth tracker and easy-to-use app that finds everyday items like your phone, keys, purse, glasses in seconds. Easily attach it to the things you need most. perfect stocking stuffer! The Tile combo 4 pack includes 2 Tile Slims and 2 Tile Mates.  Normally $110, now $90

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5. Gift Crates (30% off!) 

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Perfectly giftable Gift Crates arrive at your door in a wooden crate & are to be opened with enclosed crowbar. They come in all different themes for all types of recipients. This is their Old School Gift Crate, the gift of favorite memories! Includes Old School toys … Slinky, Rubick’s Cube, Yomega Yo Yo, Pez Dispenser & of course Old School Cand. Tons of cool stuff from your past! $74.99
Use GIFTINSIDER30 for 30% off till 11/26/2016

7. Fin Fun Mermaid Tales

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These gorgeous Fin Fun Mermaid Tails are a magical gift whether it’s for swimming or a costume. Swimmable & fun, they also have a flipper/monofin to go under tail. $99 for kids & $109 for adults, which includes a removable Fin Fun monofin, so that you can really swim like a mermaid. Fantasy accomplished.

8. David’s Teas

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Cozy and beautifully packaged David’s Tea gift sets are perfect for anyone on your list, clients, coworkers, secret saints. Start a new tradition with their book-inspired tea collections, gift a color changing tea mug, or their warm and cozy tea set. $28

9. Habitree

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Help them stay true to their eco values, even with their Christmas tree. Habitree is a new kind of holiday tree created for people whose values such as sustainability are as important as the joy they take in decorating for the holidays. Made from premium, sustainably farmed wood. Love these for apartment dwellers & businesses too. Made of Kebony Wood, available in Clear & Character wood types. 37″, 50″ or 70″ tall. $315 to $581.

Check out our clip on Fox Chicago News chatting about a few of these unique gifts.

We also chatted about this picks on ABC Detroit!

 

We’d love to hear what you are gifting for the Holidays. Check out our Hanukkah/Christmas gift section for more inspo.

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Nov 3 2016

TGI Parties: The Gift Insider Turns 30!

I celebrated the big 3-0 on Saturday October 15th this year (I lucked out with the Saturday, right?!) I wanted to do something a little different than your typical dinner party, so we decided to throw a loft party for 50 of our friends in downtown Detroit. We were going for a chic yet casual cocktail party vibe so we rented a raw industrial space and had apps, desert, plenty of cocktails and music. Thanks to the amazing crew who came out, and my hubby for making it all happen.

Below are some photos and links to where we found all the party goods!

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The event space we found was Orleans + Winder in Eastern Market. We loved working with them and highly recommend if you are looking for a raw space downtown. It was chic from the start, so no matter how we decorated the space had exactly the vibe we were going for.

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We found the tassel balloons at ConfettiHaus on Etsy. The raw wood tables and gold mirror we rented from the event space and the striped table clothes we had from a past shindig.

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I know, I know the mylar number balloons are getting a little overdone…but I couldn’t help myself. I added little tassels on the bottom to make them extra special.

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The gold glitter Sweets, Drinks and Eats signs we reused from our engagement party a few years ago. Turns out it’s a great investment to have if you throw lots of parties! We’re big fans of the “naked cake” trend and loved trying one out for the first time.

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The man who kept the drinks going all night long, Glen! Highly recommend splurging on help if hosting your own party so you can relax and have fun with your guests. Spotted! One of our favorite wedding gifts, our Lindsay + Jon champagne bucket. We have used this countless times.

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We found the perfect gold plastic silverware on amazon (obsessed!) and art decor plates from Target. We served mediterranean style apps and a Brushetta bar and the most-loved last-minute decision by hubby, boxes on boxes of Supinos pizza.

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The 30 Pinata we got from ThePerfectPinata on Etsy and used for decor and as a Photobooth prop later in the night.

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A party ain’t a party without the perfect photo backdrop! We have been obsessed with these grown up Pinatas from Chiciata and finally had the perfect party to use them for. We used the raw wall and framed a perfect photo-opp spot right when guests walked in.

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Here’s a shot of the photo backdrop, we also had a few triangle garlands to fill it out.

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We had photo props and a refurbished Poloroid Camera with polaroids for guests to take and take home.

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I couldn’t have imagined a better way to celebrate this milestone! We’d love to hear some of the creative ways you guys have celebrated your milestone birthdays in the comments below!

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Sep 7 2016

Sponsor We Love: Satellite and Aerial Photo Art by BirdsViewArt

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These custom aerial shots from BirdsviewArt are the perfect way to honor that favorite honeymoon spot, country you’ve always dreamed of traveling to or home-away-from-home. The artist combines science and art on our beautiful planet with his amazing birds eye view and aerial images. You can request any location that is special to you or a loved one and he will capture it for you in a meaningful but still modern way. The photo will be delivered to you with professional backing and ready to hang.

Use GIFTINSIDER10 for 10% off, $49 and up

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*This post is in collaboration with a sponsor we love, BirdsViewArt

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Aug 30 2016

How to Host a Boho Themed Picnic Party

It was my turn to host our monthly dinner club last month. Each month the host chooses the theme, so I decided to go with a Boho Picnic theme. I wanted to make it really laid-back with a cozy vibe. I told the girls to wear something casual and comfy and we all sat outside on a low table piled with pillows and blankets under our string lights. Each girl brought an easy picnic food (pasta salad, skewers, roll ups). Below are some photos and things you’ll need if you want to host your own boho picnic.

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1. Low Picnic Table: We found these low portable picnic table’s at Crate and Barrel and put three together to make enough room. We added a runner from West Elm and some lanterns from Target with citronella candles.

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2. Plastic Tableware: We received these Melamine Michael Aram Orchid plates as a wedding present, and have used them everytime we entertain outside.

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3. Rugs + Pillows: To make the it all work you need to make sure it’s comfortable for everyone to sit without chairs. We love the look of piling lots of different textures and patterned rugs and pillows to really give off that boho vibe. We used things we had around the house, a round beach towel, a picnic blanket, etc.

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4. String Lights: Lights are a must for the boho picnic vibe. Check out our Housewarming Party post to see how we did those.

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5. Drinks + Plastic Glassware: This line of plastic glassware we found on our Honeymoon in Capri, Italy but you can order on Amazon! We did lots of Rose and Pelligrino, but Sangria would a fun way to go for this theme too.

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6. Cheese Boards: For our dinner club each girl brings one dish for everyone to share. For mine, I decided to go for my first attempt at an #instaworthy cheese board. The key is to pile the big pieces on first and then fill in with the smaller fruit, nuts and crackers. And of course, a pretty cheese board never hurts.

It was such a lovely night, we can’t wait to do it again next summer.

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